Bellefleur essay contest finalist Laurie M

Bellefleur essay contest finalist Laurie M

We are overwhelmed with emotion with all of our entries to this month’s essay contest. We laughed, we cried and had an incredibly tough time picking a winner! We want to thank all of you that took the time to write for us!

We’re sharing our 5 finalist essays from our contest. Today we will be sharing a beautiful story from “Laurie M.”

Here at the shop, we have seen so many women transformed by the experience of doing a boudoir shoot. It is such an incredible way to take time to celebrate your body. Isn’t that amazing and beautiful?! We loved hearing Laurie’s story about discovering how beautiful she is through her own eyes in this piece. Thank you Laurie, for sharing your story with us.

By Laurie M.


I scheduled a Boudoir photo shoot for my 60th birthday. I thought I was confident in my appearance, but as the date grew closer I got nervous about what to wear. One of the places my photographer recommended was Belle Fleur, so on a Sunday afternoon my husband and I ventured into the shop.

It was a bit overwhelming to me at first. I had only bought lingerie at department stores before, and only the most utilitarian, blend into the background kind. The sales woman was very kind and encouraging and brought me several beautiful things to try on. I decided on a lacy bra and panty set in light teal. It made me feel so beautiful and glamorous, and it still does! I also chose a sleek peach chemise, which is one of my absolute favorite things to wear.


The photo shoot turned out to be one of the most fun and enlightening experiences of my life and the photos are outstanding. Hard to believe that’s really me in them! What I like even more than the way my body looks - - which is pretty hot! - - is the smile on my face. I look good and I feel good. My husband always tells me how beautiful I am, and for the first time I can see myself as he sees me.

Since that time I have purchased all kinds of lovely, colorful, lacy or sleek lingerie, and wear them all the time with great pleasure. I save those old, bland pieces for working out or gardening. I love having beautiful fabrics on my skin, and hold myself with a lot more confidence and poise. Thank you Belle Fleur for changing my life to be more glamorous, more sexy, and more my authentic, true self!